University of Kent researchers report in Bioinformatics that fewer than five mutations would allow Ebola viruses to infect a new species. Multiple types of rodents, which aren't normally susceptible to Ebola viruses, began to spread disease to others of their species after multiple exposures to the viruses, and the authors said the findings raise the prospect of swine or canine infections that could also pose a danger to humans.
Blue Buffalo voluntarily recalled one lot of its 12.5-ounce cans of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables after metal pieces were found in some of the food. Consumers have not reported any problems associated with the food.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-area veterinarians have confirmed 40 canine leptospirosis cases this year, far above the average of four. The zoonotic bacteria that causes the illness, which can be fatal if not treated, survives in moist soil for months and can be transmitted to dogs and people through contact with contaminated body fluids.
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine veterinarians will take over the management of elk hoof disease in Southwest Washington if proposed legislation is adopted. Reports of deformed and damaged hooves, often in association with treponeme bacteria, have increased in recent years, and if the college takes over management, it will be responsible for surveillance and identifying solutions.
Veterinarians Laura Wade and Richard Burdeaux Jr. of Specialized Care for Avian & Exotic Pets operated on a snowy owl's broken wing and directed its recovery through Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center. A farmer found the dehydrated and injured owl late last year, and now the bird is nearly ready for release.
Veterinarians from the Asheville, N.C., area say preventive care is a cornerstone of pet heath and a sound investment. Annual exams, dental care at home and at a veterinary clinic, vaccines and parasite prevention are key components of preventive care for companion animals, veterinarians say, and also for exotic species such as the rattlesnakes, otters, wolves and black bears cared for by veterinarian Ross Prezant at the Western North Carolina Nature Center.
Eight in 10 dogs and 7 in 10 cats suffer from some type of periodontal disease by the time they are 2 years old, but pet owners can prevent periodontal disease by brushing pets' teeth and bringing animals in for regular veterinary dental exams and cleanings. In addition, careful selection of pet food and toys is important to maintaining a healthy mouth.
A variety of social media options are available for marketers to explore, but Facebook remains one of the most important platforms. Logan Chierotti examines seven reasons for this, including the targeting and measurement options that Facebook offers.
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